Children Distracted By Mobile Devices

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 12:24pm

Many children who are hit by cars while walking are distracted by their mobile devices. Researchers analyzed data from 1400 children treated in the emergency room after being hit by a car.

Nearly one in five patients from 13 to 17 were texting, listening to music or distracted by a mobile device when they were hit. 44% of younger children who were hit darted into the street, despite being with a guardian. Researchers say pediatricians should be emphasizing these safety tips as part of routine check-ups.

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